How to Play Snakes and Ladders

Directions courtesy of Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.

Snakes and Ladders is a great favorite among young children. It is based on an ancient Hindu game, and as such has been played for centuries across the globe.

Ages: 4 and up.
Players: 2-6
Object: To be the first player to reach the end of the board (square 100) with an exact throw.

First, each player chooses a piece and places it next to (but not on) the starting square (Number 1). Players take turns throwing the die, seeking a roll of 6 so they can begin the game.

Each player must throw a six before he can start. Once he throws a six, he throws again and moves the number of squares shown on his second throw. This is the only time a player can throw the die twice on his turn.

If a piece lands on a square at the bottom of a ladder, the player moves her counter to the top of the ladder and continues her next turn from there.

If a piece lands on a square at the head of a snake, the player moves her piece to the tail of the snake and continues her next turn from there.

If you land on a square already occupied by another player's counter, you must move back to the square 1 (START) but you do not need to throw a six again. This rule only applies to your final resting square each turn - you can jump over other counters on the way through.

To finish the game, you must land exactly on the square 100 (END). For example, if you are on square 97 and throw a five, you move 3 squares to 100, then back two squares to 98. (You would need to throw a two next time to finish.) Snakes and Ladders boards often have the head of a snake on square 96, 97 or 98 to make it harder to finish.

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